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The Thursday Playlist: In the Flesh, Burn-Graceland Combo, TNT's Reality Adventures

In the Flesh

Zombies are hot. But leave it to the British to make them cool. And smart. And a shade more human than many of those they left behind. Turns out that being dead, or undead, is the ultimate wake-up call. While watching BBC America's fascinating and unexpectedly moving three-part miniseries In the Flesh (Thursday through Saturday, 10/9c), I was reminded less of AMC's blockbuster thriller The Walking Dead than of Sundance Channel's recent triumph, the artful Rectify, another searing drama of an outsider adjusting ...
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NBC Renews Hannibal for Season 2

Mads Mikkelson

NBC has ordered another helping of Hannibal, the network announced Thursday.

The Bryan Fuller-produced series, which is based on Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon, will return for a 13-episode second season airing... read more

Exclusive Hannibal Sneak Peek: Is Eddie Izzard the Chesapeake Ripper?

Eddie Izzard

The action is about to pick up on NBC's Hannibal.

On Thursday's Silence of the Lambs-esque episode, "Entrée," (10/9c), Eddie Izzard guest-stars as an imprisoned killer who, after murdering a nurse inside the asylum, now claims to be the Chesapeake Ripper. Refusing to believe that the big fish he's been chasing for years is already behind bars, Jack (Laurence Fishburne) sends Will (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) to question Izzard's character... read more

The Thursday Playlist: Hannibal, Parks X 2, Don't Rain on Glee's Parade

Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen

Could it be that NBC has produced a keeper in the deliciously creepy Hannibal? We shouldn't break out the proverbial Chianti just yet; the early returns have been modest, to put it mildly, but in this tough-for-NBC time period (Thursday, 10/9c) that the network once owned, it's looking better than it has lately (with an insta-dud like Do No Harm or the below-the-radar Rock Center). And the media buzz, while understandably mixed, is stronger than for most of the networks' midseason yawns. With repeats on the other networks this week, and featuring one of the show's most relentlessly unnerving chapters to date, this is as good a time as any to sample Hannibal's unsavory wares.

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The Thursday Playlist: Glee Gets Serious, Archer, Go On Finales, Moment

Jane Lynch

There's more tearful soul-searching than singing in Fox's Glee (Thursday, 8/7c) as the show tackles an issue that couldn't be more timely and topical, on Capitol Hill and in any community that worries about its children's safety in the wake of recent (and not-so-recent) tragedies. The episode is titled "Shooting Star," which should give you an indication of just what triggers such intense emotional anxiety in the halls of McKinley High. Some would argue that the way the story ultimately plays out trivializes the issue, and maybe they're right, but as unpleasant realities seep into what is usually a musical-comedy fantasy, the glee club won't be the only ones left shaken and perhaps even a little more awakened.

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NBC's Hannibal: Not Just Another Serial Killer Show

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen

In a year that's already given us Fox's The Following and A&E's Bates Motel, some might argue that we don't need another serial killer TV show. And they'd probably be right.

But NBC's Hannibal isn't just another serial killer show.

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Taking characters from the Thomas Harris novels that inspired a film series that includes Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, executive producer Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) has created a sophisticated drama that doesn't glorify the violence of mass murder but rather examines the toll that hunting serial killers takes on the minds and souls of those who hunt. In fact, even though the show is named after Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who was immortalized as one of the greatest pop culture villains of all time thanks to Anthony Hopkins' Oscar-winning portrayal, the series — at least initially — isn't entirely focused on the cannibal in the three-piece suit... read more

The Thursday Playlist: Delectably Weird Hannibal, A New Girl First Date

Jake Johnson, Zooey Deschanel

You can't help but get a deliciously squirmy tingle when the infamous (to the viewer, anyway) Hannibal Lecter quips, "It's nice to have an old friend for dinner" while serving tongue to his guests, including an unctuous and chatty shrink whom Lecter sizes up by coolly noting, "Your tongue is very feisty."

This scenario takes place several episodes into the midseason run of NBC's feverishly twisted, fascinatingly macabre and visually remarkable procedural-with-a-twist Hannibal (Thursday, 10:01/9:01c), by which time I was completely creeped out and thoroughly hooked. In much the same way A&E's Bates Motel introduces a younger version of Norman Bates before he had his crazy mama mummified in the cellar, Bryan Fuller's Hannibal presents the mad Dr. Lecter before his secret identity as a cannibalistic serial killer is known to anyone but his victims. He is caginess personified, taking on the role of advisor and therapist to tormented FBI profiler/consultant Will Graham (from Thomas Harris' Red Dragon). Will has an ability to project "pure empathy" and see grisly crimes from the killer's POV, which Lecter describes quite accurately as "an uncomfortable gift."

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Check Out an Exclusive First Look at NBC's Hannibal

Mads Mikkelson

Hannibal Lecter is coming to NBC, and TVGuide.com has the exclusive first look.

Hannibal, a contemporary take on Thomas Harris' Red Dragon novel, stars Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as the cannibalistic yet refined Dr. Lecter. In the sneak peek below, the cast and executive producer Bryan Fuller dish on the new series, which will show the origins of the infamous killer and his relationship with... read more

First Look: NBC's Hannibal

Hannibal poster

NBC has released the first official poster for its upcoming Silence of the Lambs/Red Dragon reboot, Hannibal — and it's simply delectable.

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NBC Sets Premiere Date for Bryan Fuller's Hannibal

Hugh Dancy

Can Hannibal Lecter be NBC's savior on Thursday nights?

Hannibal, a contemporary take on Thomas Harris' Red Dragon novel, will take over Do No Harm's vacant slot beginning... read more

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